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Game Thread: Twins @ Tigers 9-23 5:10 PM CT

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#1 Vanimal46

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 12:35 PM

 

ANNND Welcome! To Minnesota Twins Whine Line: Re-write edition! I am your host for the next 2 days, Vanimal. How NEAT was that game yesterday?! The Twins square off against the Tigers today, and who knows, maybe this game will be good too! Before we dive into the randomness and debauchery, let's talk weather and lineups.

 

It's a heat wave there today! Good thing they play later on... Mostly sunny and 86 degrees at first pitch. REAL FEEL of 90 degrees. Winds from the ESE at 6 MPH.

 

Minnesota Twins (80-74)

 

1. Brian Dozier ( R) 2B

2. Joe Mauer (L) 1B

3. Jorge Polanco (S) SS

4. Eddie Rosario (L) LF

5. Eduardo Escobar (S) 3B

6. Byron Buxton (R ) CF

7. Max Kepler (L) RF

8. Robbie Grossman (S) DH

9. Jason Castro (L) C

 

P - Erv Santana ( R): 1.54 ERA over his last 2 starts!

 

Detroit Tigers (62-92)

 

1. Ian Kinsler ® 2B

2. Alex Presley (L) DH
3. Miguel Cabrera ® 1B
4. Nicholas Castellanos ® RF
5. Jeimer Candelario (S) 3B
6. Bryan Holaday ® C
7. Andrew Romine (S) LF
8. JaCoby Jones ® CF
9. Jose Iglesias ® SS

 

P - Matthew Boyd (L): Was one out away from a no-hitter his last start....

 

Re-Writes: I don't know about you, but I threw away my preseason prediction in the trash, just like Paul Simon! Last year was so bad, and it was hard to see the Twins winning more than 74.5 wins in late February. As we stand now, the Twins have 8 games remaining, and 3.5 games up on the Angels. After the last 6 years, just watching the team in a playoff game is exciting! The intern is already hyperventilating in a paper bag thinking about it! 

 

Playoffs: The magic number is down to 6! Who'd have thought the American League will gift a playoff spot to a mid-80's win team? Give anyone a chip, chair, and a chance, and anything is possible! BREAKING NEWS: The Whine Line team just got word of a potential scheduling conflict at Target Field during the ALDS..... Minneapolis' fastest-rising band The Considerations also booked a gig the same night as game 7! Does Bark know something we don't?! Miss ya, and your rally rum....

 

Game Thread Re-Writes: For those that have read my game threads over the last couple of years, you'll know some have been...strange at times. Some ideas have gone back to re-write, but haven't left the notebook... UNTIL NOW! For the first time ever, let's reveal some game thread ideas that are duds!

 

- ChiTown spent the off-season living and learning cat behavior. Does well enough to earn their trust and become their queen. Then organizes a RISE OF THE CATS to defeat the Detroit Tigers.

- Chief's extremely successful bed and breakfast has a famous guest, Mike Trout! He spends the next two weeks messing with his life... Gets his bank accounts frozen, cancels his flights every day, all for the Twins to win the WC. (Editor's Note: Too dark. May get viewed as kidnapping. Let Chief have his successful business)

- Minnesota Twins Whine Line: The Shining Edition! *Now they're too good. Keep this in the archives just in case.

 

Hold on, I got to get back to re-writing this thing.... Internet crashed.

 

What's the best day to cook?

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Fry-day.

 

 

Let's GET A WIN TWINS!

Edited by Vanimal46, 23 September 2017 - 01:01 PM.

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#2 Vanimal46

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 12:58 PM

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 12:59 PM

 

 

 

What's the best day to cook?

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Fry-day.

 


 

You are the one who obviously spent too much time at Chief's B&B

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 01:22 PM

It's now an endorphin-fueled sprint to the finish, and Molitor is throwing out the platoon splits and playing his best players. Approve!

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 01:52 PM

Angels lose. Twins with an opportunity to pull a haduken finishing move tonight.#bootonthroat
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Posted 23 September 2017 - 01:54 PM

Angels lose, will have lots of beer on hand tonight in the event of a Twins win and a Rangers loss.
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Posted 23 September 2017 - 01:55 PM

I don't think a re-write is necessary....this looks like the Wild Card starting lineup to me.
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#8 Darius

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 02:29 PM

I don't think a re-write is necessary....this looks like the Wild Card starting lineup to me.

I agree with this.

I could nitpick and throw out a lineup I'd prefer a little more. But I guess the playoffs would be a strange time to bump Dozier from leadoff. For the record, my (likely misguided) attempt at a lineup against Severino would be:

Polanco, SS; Mauer, 1B; Buxton, CF; Dozier, 2B; Rosario, LF; Escobar; 3B; Kepler, RF; Grossman, DH; Castro, C. That will also make it impossible to hit consecutive lefty matchups out of the Yanks 'pen.

With Sano: Polanco, SS; Mauer, 1B; Buxton, CF; Dozier; 2B; Rosario, LF; Sano, DH; Escobar, 3B; Kepler, RF; Castro, C.

Man, that lineup with Sano is fun to tinker with. So many good matchup possibilities. The moral of the story is I'd prefer Dozier in a position to hit a multi-run shot in the top of the 1st in the WC game. Jumping out to quick lead could help shake the Yankee curse.

Edited by Darius, 23 September 2017 - 02:33 PM.

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 02:41 PM

Angels lose.

 

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 02:46 PM

I hate asking this with a series against Cleveland upcoming. If the Twins were to clinch a playoff spot before returning home next weekend what kind of attendance would you expect? 

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Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.


#11 Face The Facts

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 02:51 PM

Hi everyone!

What are most people thinking?  84 wins enough to win the 2nd wild card outright?

 

 

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 03:34 PM

Checking in from Comerica Park I'll do my best.
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Posted 23 September 2017 - 03:35 PM

 

Hi everyone!

What are most people thinking?  84 wins enough to win the 2nd wild card outright?

More than enough.  I think 82 will be enough and we will get to 83, up two games on Texas.

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Should'a gone fishing


#14 Darius

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 03:47 PM

Interesting stat on the pre-game. Mike Trout is hitting something .115 over the last 16-17 games, and they've lost 11 of 14 (might be off of some of those numbers, but that's the neighborhood).
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Posted 23 September 2017 - 04:12 PM

Like many have been saying, Dozier's power would be better in the middle of the lineup. Ha!

It's great to get out of the cellar ... as long as you bring something with you.


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Posted 23 September 2017 - 04:12 PM

That's one way to start a game.


#17 Darius

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 04:13 PM

Enough of this "never bunt" rhetoric that's all the rage.

Bunt EVERY AT BAT!

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 04:13 PM

Nice way to start, reckon.


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Posted 23 September 2017 - 04:14 PM

Can't watch it on video today. Was there really a three base throwing error?

#20 Darius

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 04:17 PM

Can't watch it on video today. Was there really a three base throwing error?


Yes. Although, if you're a Yankee at Yankee Stadium, it would be ruled a HR. So I'll count it.



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